Greetings to the Ford community here, I need to get a key and a remote fob
for a 98 Crown Vic, Does anyone know where the best prices are
locally in Cleve, Ohio? I need to have the keys coded and purchase
additional remote control fobs for these cars.
Are these only obtainable through the Ford dealers? / Or are there key shops
or programers that have this equiptment at lower prices?
In a second question is there a work around way to shut off this option in
the cars computer? Its just an expensive headache for me in
my personal car, due to the number of keys I need, and there is no insurance
price break for having this device in the car working.
Advice and information appreciated... Thanks in advance for the help!!!
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I'm not certain just how similar it would be, but the service manual for
my 2000 Sable shows an option called 'Unlimited key mode' that allows for
more than 8 keys to be programmed. There doesn't seem to be an option to
totally disable the PATS key requirement. Setting the mode requires using
a scan tool that can access the security modes.
One cheat is to mount a spare, programmed key inside the steering
column, right next to the antenna used by the PATS system, which is next
to the ignition swtich. You can then use a plain, uncoded key. This is one
method sometimes used to bypass the system for remote starters.
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